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Top 10 Bad Lessons Teen Titans Go! Teaches Kids

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
For a team of superheroes, they are far, far from being good role models. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Bad Lessons Teen Titans Go Teaches Kids. For this list, we’re taking a look at the terrible morals “Teen Titans Go” has displayed for the next generation. Look, we get that most of these are meant to be ironic, but the fact remains that the show’s younger audience probably doesn’t understand that, and takes the show at face value.
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For a team of superheroes, they are far, far from being good role models. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Bad Lessons Teen Titans Go Teaches Kids.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the terrible morals “Teen Titans Go” has displayed for the next generation. Look, we get that most of these are meant to be ironic, but the fact remains that the show’s younger audience probably doesn’t understand that, and takes the show at face value.

#10: Christmas is All About Presents
“The True Meaning of Christmas”


It’s easy for kids to get lost in the materialistic side of Christmas. So, it’s important that they learn the meaning of Christmas early on and learn it’s not about the presents. Unfortunately, “Teen Titans Go” completely dismantles the lesson with a Christmas special of its own. After getting no presents for the third year in a row, the Titans break into Santa’s workshop. When they’re told that Christmas isn’t about presents, they blow up the workshop, and the episode ends with Santa admitting that Christmas really is all about the presents. In other words, the show is telling kids to fall into the commercialism.

#9: Greed is Good
“Pyramid Scheme”


Greed will make you appear selfish, even if you’re claiming to use money for good intentions. In his own foolishness, Beast Boy tries to get the other Titans to help him buy Cyborg an expensive gift, despite Cyborg saying he doesn’t need one. He eventually signs up for a pyramid scheme, posing as a “money sheriff”. Things take a turn for the worse when they end up broke and find themselves forced to build pyramids. This is one of those few episodes where the Titans acknowledge some sort of lesson, but the fact that it took a pyramid scheme to do so is shameful.

#8: Accepting Sexism
“Boys vs. Girls”


In the episode “Boys vs. Girls”, the Titans find themselves at odds over which gender is better. There’s nothing wrong with some playful banter, but some of the things the Titans say to each other are pretty dated. Putting his ignorance on display, Robin states how emotional girls are. Then, in a series of activities, Raven and Starfire completely wipe the floor with the guys. This causes Robin to set out on a quest to infect them with cooties, which obviously leads to more hyjinx. You’d think the episode would end with a lesson on equality or acceptance, but you’d be wrong.

#7: Lie to the Naive
The Entire Show


As the only member on the team unfamiliar with Earth, Starfire frequently misunderstands the English language and human traditions. One would think to educate her about a few things. Alas, the Titans use this for their own amusement. Throughout the entire show, the Titans will frequently lie to Starfire, tricking her into doing something foolish or misleading her to believe something ridiculous. Just because someone is uneducated doesn’t mean you should take advantage of them. It’s one thing to play a prank and explain later, but with the Titans, this is practically bullying. That isn’t to say she didn’t get to dish out the same medicine in a whole other episode.

#6: Be a Follower
“Accept the Next Proposition You Hear”


Kids, it’s okay to be indecisive at times. However, letting someone else make decisions for you is not a healthy habit. In this episode, Robin becomes frustrated with the Titans’ indecisive behavior. In retaliation, he begins refusing to make choices for them. The Titans become so desperate for a leader that they begin following the advice of fortune cookies. Had they learned how to make decisions for themselves, we’d be happy with the episode. However, this only tells kids that choices are hard, and it’s best to let someone else handle them for you.

#5: Hoarding is Okay
“Hot Garbage”


One of the most important things to learn as a child is that cleanliness is important. Clean your room to manage good hygiene in addition to looking presentable. While it makes sense for Beast Boy to live in a somewhat filthy room, it doesn’t excuse the message the show sends in the “Hot Garbage” episode. When Beast Boy starts stinking up the Tower, the other Titans force him to clean his room. Despite all this effort to try and get him to clean, the episode ends with him going back to his trashy ways, making the past eleven minutes completely pointless.

#4: Knowledge is Bad For You
“Books” & “Head Fruit”


You know what they say - too much TV will rot your brain. “Teen Titans Go” has featured a number of episodes on intelligence, and seem to present the idea that knowledge is a curse. In “Books”, Raven gets the others to finally read books, but the episode ends with them falling back on their original notion that books are boring, even calling them “dangerous”. As for “Head Fruit”, the whole episode comes off as a lesson in repressing your own imagination. No no NO, guys! Intelligence and creativity are vital in learning and growing as a person! When did downplaying them become such a big part of the agenda?

#3: Cheaters Win
“Artful Dodgers”


Typically, superheroes fight for truth and justice. “Artful Dodgers” tells us the Titans are not about that. In the final round of a dodgeball tournament, our “heroes” are defeated by the Hive Five not once, but twice. The appropriate way to handle this would be to accept the losses. Instead, Robin and the team decide to start cheating. Upon yet another loss, the team won by default when Robin called the cops on the criminals. The sad thing here is that the Hive Five, a team of supervillains, played fairly and followed the rules. Our so-called team of “superheroes” just couldn’t be honorable.

#2: You Don't Need to Resolve Your Fights or Apologize
The Entire Show


Everyone fights. Families fight, friends fight, coworkers fight... That’s a part of life children learn early on, but the important part is learning to get by it and move forward. If only “Teen Titans Go” could follow this lesson and set an example for younger viewers. Almost every episode shows them getting in fights only to never resolve things. No one provides alternatives for solutions, no one admits when they were wrong, and rarely, if ever, does someone apologize for their wrongdoings. Characters just get irritated and angry with each other without explaining why or realizing their mistakes. If kids are to learn how to resolve issues, “Teen Titans Go” certainly isn’t helping.

#1: Childish Behavior is Acceptable
The Entire Show


If we had a nickel for every time a Titan threw a tantrum, we’d be making bank. “Teen Titans Go” features numerous episodes where a character or two are angry, irritated, or depressed that something didn’t go their way. They’d rather mope about it or take out their rage on others instead of saying “Oh well” and getting on with their life. Kids are impressionable, and displaying this type of behavior only worsens the situation for parents with already-erratic children. We can understand if the exaggeration is merely for the sake of comedy, but the tantrums and whining happens so frequently throughout the show that it’s simply not funny anymore.
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